MTG Signature Programme: Sam’s Experience
“Mind The Gap has definitely brought a sense of peace to my life. It’s given me the clarity I needed to take all the tools that I was given on the programme and to transform them into something that I believe in.
I now see that I am allowed to be me. It’s ok, what I want to do is okay. I’m motivated to go and do something else. I don’t worry about if I’m scared to do something, just let me go and try and do it and then see what happens.”
Sam 31, is currently in a transitional phase in her life where she is changing from being a teacher to becoming a massage therapist. Before she joined the MTG Signature Programme, she was quite stuck in her career, couldn’t see any possibilities and was quite sad at times because she couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. She kept going round in circles and didn’t know what path or direction to take. The problem was she had lots of ideas but didn’t know which ones to pursue.
Why Sign Up?
She decided to sign up to the programme because she liked the fact that it was targeted to people in her situation. There were not a lot of programmes like Mind The Gap that cater for people in a Quarter-life Crisis. Before the programme she had started reading career change books but found that reading a book isn’t the same as having face-to-face interaction and the accountability of your peers to take action. Her only hesitation about signing up was just wondering whether or not it would be worth it. But she thought, “What’s the worst that can happen”.
She joined hoping that she’d feel a bit more comfortable being her and knowing that what she was doing was okay, because she felt quite alone before. In the last year since being on the programme she has noticed that feeling has definitely subsided. She feels a lot more positive being her.
Her confidence has grown a lot. “Put it this way, I did a one minute talk about health. It was part of a public speaking course, so it wasn’t like I’m 100% there, but even me just turning up to that event, and getting up in front of an audience, I don’t think I would have done that before.”
She is more focussed on what she wants to do and knows the career path she is taking which is doing something she believes in. “When you’ve got that belief in something it just changes you”.
Part of what came out of the Mind The Gap programme was finding something she believed in and then everything else seems to have fallen into place.
She feels that things are opening up which makes her feel good and positive about life, which she didn’t have a year ago. She has set herself little goals. “I am creating new habits, which I don’t think I was quite as good at prior to Mind The Gap. So, it’s definitely given me that kind of ability to see things through and plan what I’m going to do next.”
Increased Energy Levels
She says “Oh, crazy changes. My health is still something I’m working on. But with the philosophies that I’ve used and certain things I do, like keep a journal to express gratitude for my day, have helped change my outlook and make me feel like even if something bad happens this other good thing happened so it doesn’t quite put me in that negative spiral as much as I used to.”
She is also doing more exercise, following a 1:1 coaching session with Laura and focusing on doing more yoga and hoop.
“I try and take that into my work when I am doing supply (teaching) work. Sometimes I am feeling a bit grumpy in that space, because I want be somewhere else. But I think about the tools I learned and put a smile on and try to make it a really fun day for the kids and me. I am there in that moment and I like being present. That’s quite a good feeling.”
She also got a lot out of the Money module. “I did worry about money a lot but I see it more as a flow thing now rather than it being tight. And I’m trying to not worry about it as much. I worry less than when I first joined Mind The Gap.”
Sam found the programme a nice way to engage with and have conversations with people she wasn’t linked to in a professional way. She found that everyone was in the same boat and had the same kind of difficulties.
It was refreshing for her to have that communication because in daily life she feels it isn’t always there. “MTG is a space, where you can just actually say how you are feeling and perhaps get some feedback on what other people think about it or how other people deal with things. So it kind of helps you understand that you are not alone. And that was definitely what I needed. To know that all the people were in the same kind of situation and my situation wasn’t unique. It took the burden off.”
She describes the people who attended as fun, interesting, compassionate, talented, giving, caring, warm and loving. “It was friendly and a really nice place to share.”
She describes the programme leaders as welcoming, warm, friendly, talented, inspirational and motivational. The sessions would involve interactive things around the room to look at, quotes or perhaps little games and challenges. There’d be quite a lot of movement involved. “I quite like that, it wasn’t all sitting and listening. There was getting up and working with different partners. Sharing as a group. There was a bit of play involved.”